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Sprint......seriously?

smyc2014

Aug 20, 2014, 12:54 AM
The new price plans can't save this terrible network! My buddy works for them and he's ready to bail. He says the leadership there is a joke and I believe it! Staying with VZW!
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cellphonesaretools

Aug 20, 2014, 6:15 PM
They were a questionable outfit when they took over Nextel, they ruined Nextel (in the process losing something like 15,000,000 customers and writing off $28 billion of shareholder equity), they spent billions more "upgrading" their CDMA network and building a brand new LTE network, and they're still in last place and sinking.

For all those years Sprint's legacy customers and the media blamed it all on Nextel...turns out the problems Nextel brought to the party were absolutely minor in comparison to the disease/rot coursing through the veins of the original Sprint.

The situation these days makes me think of that phrase "circling the drain".
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lanmansa

Aug 22, 2014, 2:35 PM
Are you still on Sprint using the PTT service over 3G yet? There was a time when you and me would say nice things about Sprint, but sadly I think those days are over. I've given them enough time to get their crap together. It's not that I have terrible service, it's that their plans are crap now and everyone else is offering better service for less.

Right now I'm thinking of switching over to Ting at the end of my contract, since they still use Sprint's network, just a MVNO with much cheaper plans.

As for PTT, I don't have very many people with Nextel pin's anymore, so everything I use PTT for I just use the Voxer app. It's free and is cross platform. Ties in with Facebook so any friends on there you will see who else has it installed...
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cellphonesaretools

Aug 24, 2014, 2:00 PM
lanmansa said:
Are you still on Sprint using the PTT service over 3G yet?
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Yes, in March of 2013 we switched from Nextel & iDEN PTT to Sprint's CDMA 3G PTT.

At first SDC (Sprint Direct Connect) was absolutely terrible, roughly only 50% success rate on first-try connections, and lots of PTT calls failed mid-call, even if it did manage to make a proper first-try connection. About Fall of 2013 it began to improve a bit, and now SDC is probably operating at about 90-95% first-try connection success rate in our area (decent, but still a come-down from good old Nextel's 99%+ first-try connection success rate).

The big problem for us these days is that SDC does not work on LTE, it only works on Sprint'
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gloopey1

Aug 24, 2014, 11:27 PM
The company that I work for still uses it, and many of my work contacts have PTT-only phones.
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cellphonesaretools

Aug 25, 2014, 11:34 AM
gloopey1 said:
The company that I work for still uses it, and many of my work contacts have PTT-only phones.


If a given company needs PTT, and their Sprint CDMA coverage is good enough, it's still the best solution out there for efficient, intra-company comms, IMO.

Most of the companies around here that were long-term Nextel customers found the SDC performance to be so poor, they either went to AT&T's "EPTT", or to Verizon and gave up on PTT altogether (substituting with texting & email on smartphones). But if a person or a company is in a good Sprint CDMA area, I can see sticking with SDC.

In my world, fewer and fewer family & friends use PTT (or even have PTT on their phones/plans). Our facilities...
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gloopey1

Aug 25, 2014, 4:14 PM
Our lines run $4.00 per user - with phone service included. The company restricts that feature to prevent misuse of our devices.

The coverage inside the building where I work is good because Sprint worked very hard to ensure it, but he PTT is mediocre at best.

If we switched to AT&T or Verizon, the cost would be significantly higher - only T-Mobile was able to propose a competitive offer. However, our internal WiFi was incapable of maintaining a constant connection with the devices we tried.
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lanmansa

Sep 5, 2014, 2:08 PM
We need to get ahold of a few of these I think. I just found this today. I guess Motorola still makes PTT phones, but not for the consumer part of their phone business. Pretty neat tech, I wish it would come to consumers. http://www.motorolasolutions.com/US-EN/Busine ss+Product+and+Services/LTE+User+Devices/LEX7 00
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DoctorJJ77

Mar 9, 2019, 6:17 PM
I know this is an older post but I had to chime in. Cell phone signal issues are still big with people. I've been going to www.signalbooster.com's blog section for free tips on how to boost my signal and they actually work. Cell phone signals don't seem to be getting better so we need all the help we can get whether it's an actual booster or just a quick fix.
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gloopey1

Aug 20, 2014, 11:47 PM
smyc2014 said:
The new price plans can't save this terrible network! My buddy works for them and he's ready to bail. He says the leadership there is a joke and I believe it! Staying with VZW!

Unfortunately, Verizon and AT&T still have coverage issues in some places. If I were to switch to either one, the first thing I'd have to do is buy a femtocell for my house. Where I work, AT&T is solid, but Verizon's signal struggles to penetrate the metal structure. I'm sure Sprint would do worse if not for the fact that they have an internal network for our business.

Long story short, your incredulous attitude toward anyone who wants or needs Sprint shows your lack of knowledge about how the real world operates.
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cellphonesaretools

Aug 21, 2014, 9:47 AM
gloopey1 said:


Unfortunately, Verizon and AT&T still have coverage issues in some places.
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Long story short, your incredulous attitude toward anyone who wants or needs Sprint shows your lack of knowledge about how the real world operates.


Possibly. But looked at from another angle, the REALLY incredible thing is how after 15+ years in the wireless business, with multiple failures and missteps from which to have learned, it is still Sprint that doesn't understand how the real world operates. If they did, they'd have gotten their network in competitive shape by now.
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Waldoguy

Sep 17, 2014, 4:17 PM
Before I had a cell phone, there was Southern Pacific Communications. Actually, for a while, they were my long distance carrier, after AT&T was broken up.That later became sbc.com and then Sprint. Then Sprint acquired Nextel, and it went from there. In fact, at one time I had a Nextel PTT phone with a very cool number. When I moved down south Nextel did not serve my area and you could not port your number at the time, so I switched carriers mainly because I had to. been through T, V, A and back to V with about 16 hours of S thrown in. Still going to stick with V. I take some emergency calls for a hospital, and they are boosted internally for V, so the signal is always good there.
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